Through The Years From The Herald
• 5 years ago, May 29, 2008 – Pierre Emmanuel Allen, 21, drowned at Panama City Beach, Fla., after he and friend, Derek Croy, attempted to reach several teens who were being dragged out to sea by strong currents. Allen served in the U. S. Army as a paratrooper.
Austin Brooke Mills was selected to serve as Water Valley’s representative in the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant.
Water Vallians gathered at the veterans monument in Railroad Park Monday, May 26, to honor the memory of those who had given their lives in the service of their country.
Darryl Necaise of Coffeeville was convicted of kidnapping during a three-day trial.
Five churches in the county were targeted by thieves in what Sheriff Lance Humphreys described as a multi-county operation.
Lee Ann Holt and Carter White graduated from the University of Miss. Medical Center in Jackson.
About 80 Mississippi high school students including 23 from WVHS received the Duke of Edinburgh Award at the Miss. Museum of Art in Jackson. The royal medal is presented to promote individual achievement in youth ages 14-25.
Haley Catherine Russell, Vaughn Hart and Ally Avant were awarded first place honors in the 2008 Blackmur Memorial Library Bookmark Design Contest.
Amanda Langston of Oakland was among the Northwest Mississippi Community College students whose art was on exhibit in the Sophomore Art Exhibition.
• 10 years ago, May 29, 2003 – Water Vallians gathered at the veterans memorial in Railroad Park for the annual Memorial Day observance. VFW Post 4100 Vice-Commander Jack Grass was pictured placing a wreath.
Dr. Margaret Keith and Christy Wilbourn received degrees from the University of Mississippi Medical School.
The service station at the corner of Main and Blount Streets, operated for many years by the late Fred Carter, was torn down May 23.
Water Valley School District teachers receiving advanced degrees included Robin Fielder, Vietta Booker, Carol Gary and Fletcher Hargess. Receiving National Board Certification were Lisa Lansdale and Pamela Ivey.
Honor graduates recognized during commencement exercises were Blake Hodges, Donna Bowles, Amos Judson, Chastity McMinn, Kara Ward, Kasey Rogers, Sara Ward, Andy Wright, Valedictorian Megan Edwards and Salutatorian Ashley Wilbourn.
• 20 years ago, May 27, 1993 – WVHS graduated 82 seniors in the class of 1993 at the high school gym May 28.
Jim Bailey was pictured with a 19-pound tom turkey with a six-inch beard that he killed west of Water Valley.
Receiving track awards at the Spring Sports Banquet were Stephanie Stokes, Kim Carothers, Keith Turner, Patrick Carothers and Mike Woodard. Baseball award recipients were Ricky Pulley and Keith Woodard.
• 30 years ago, June 2, 1983 – A dedication ceremony for the Korean War, Viet Nam and Bay of Pigs was held during the observance of Memorial Day Monday at Railroad Park. Among those taking part in the honors were Charles Rakestraw, Commander of Post 4100; Ray Gean, Vice-Commander; Sammy Higdon, Post Quartermaster; and Rev. Sam Higdon, Acting Chaplain.
Representatives of FEMA were at the courthouse to meet with about 30 concerned citizens and local officials to discuss the recent flooding.
Mike Sturdivant of Glendora, candidate for governor, was in Water Valley to shake hands and hold an organizational meeting.
Barry L. Weeks received the DMD degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Myra Barber retired after teaching for 35 years and so did Mrs. Elsie Ashford with 37 years in the profession, 27 of them here.
Willie B. Jones, a Water Valley native and member of the Army, died of injuries from a car wreck near Temple, Texas.
Johnny Craven, baseball coach at Kirk Academy, coached the North Squad in the MPSA All-Star Game.
Attending the Scholastic Press Institute at Ole Miss were Sponsor Mary B. VanWinkle and students Andy Grass and Marc Jefferson.
Participating in the 1983 School of Banking at Ole Miss were local bankers Floyd McGehee of Mechanics Bank, Keith A. River of the Bank of Water Valley and Chuck Newell of Yalobusha County Bank.
John Hawkins received the First Year Drill Team Award at the ROTC Awards Day at Ole Miss.
• 40 years ago, May 31, 1973 – Former major league baseball player Dolan Nichols, a former resident of Water Valley, spoke at the opening of Little League Baseball. He was pictured with players Jeff Myrick and Victor Hervey.
Four from WVHS, Larry Steele, Paul Lassen, Eddie Aune and Lawrence Perkins, attended Boy’s State at Hinds Junior College.
After five years of planning and work, the Oakland Community Water System was dedicated. Oakland Mayor Julius Miller was pictured with Jack Willis, engineer, and Robert Ratliff, water well contractor. City officials present were W. A. Bell, Mrs. Durrett Bailey, Mrs. Sarah Holland, Rev. Harold Ford and Thomas Ross.
Tommy Edwards and James Cotton were pictured with a 32-pound catfish and a 25-pound catfish pulled from “an old hollow log” in Enid Lake.
Tom Lester, Mississippi native who plays the part of Eb on the TV series Green Acres, was pictured giving testimony in the Teen Tent of the E. J. Daniels traveling tent revivial refered to as the “Canvas Cathedral.”
• 50 years ago, May 30, 1963 – Yalobusha’s top 4-H workers were honored during the annual 4-H Attainment Day including Debbie Hill, Jackie VanWinkle, Mary Ann Hughes, Toni Trusty, Brenda Alexander, Jan Chapman, Carol Hendrickson, Beverly Allen, Nancy Jones, Sandra Shaw, Joan McMinn, Clyde Massey, Betty VanWinkle, Shelby Rogers, Brad VanWinkle, Harry Avant, Rodney Brower, Donnie Adams, Mike McKee and Norman Jones.
Ethelyne Turnage registered for the Dixie National Baton Twirling Institute to be held on the Ole Miss campus in July. The institute was supervised by “Mr. Baton” himself, Don Sartell.
Mayor Stanley Perkins announced that the community swimming pool would open Saturday, June 1.
India Throop was second in her class at Lausanne High School in Memphis.
Members of the ACWA Local 643 attending training classes included Jessie Bingham, Margaret McNamee, Amy Hollowell, Margie Neal, Vashti Warren, Margaret Dunn, Nellie McCulley, Jewel Scanlon, John McNamee, Milt Watson, Chester Joyner and Leon Dunn.
• 60 years ago, May 28, 1953 – The Cancer Drive in Yalobusha County raised $1,134.00. Water Valley donations were $757.25, Coffeeville contributed $259.00, and Oakland, $118.00.
Snearly and His Ranch Boys were set to play the Junior Chamber of Commerce Dance at City Auditorium.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet appeared in Coffeeville sponsored by the American Legion.
Graduating from Ole Miss were Elizabeth Ann Cook, William P. Lee, Elsie B. Ashford, Mary Lee Edwards and Carl Nabors of Water Valley and Bert Scobey Jr. and Patricia Aline Peeples of Coffeeville.
Having tonsillectomies at the Water Valley Hospital were Edna Ramsey, Harold Ed Waller, Wyommon Reeves, Earl Nichols, Jr., and Johnny Tubbs.
The Hendricks Machine Shop baseball team was set to take on Grenada at Hendricks Field.
Louis Riggs was named president of the Jaycees. Other officers included Dr. J. C. Wright, first v-p; Jimmie Ware, second v-p; John S. Throop Jr., treasurer; Horace Ashford, secretary.
Ruby Lee Mays won the 1953 Mississippi High School girl’s singles tennis crown, 6-2, 6-2.
In the want ads Mrs. J. M. Few had fresh country butter for sale, 55 cents a pound.
• 70 years ago, May 27, 1943 – Yalobusha County residents bought $145,940.25 worth of War Bonds during the April drive, well over quota.
Several Mississippi towns were issuing “work or fight” edicts, ordering their police to bring into court all loafers. Water Valley was considering such a plan.
In the want ads, Mrs. Dixie Hendricks was looking for a “first class” cook and offering to pay above average.